Everyday Kyoto

Sunday morning. I hear the calling of Buddhist monks on alms round as they walk down the narrow street in front of my house. I give some dana.

I had always lived in apartments in Kyoto, so never had this experience before. Anumodana! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ“ฟ

Walking down Shijล, above the crowd is the sound of practice: they are getting ready for Gion Matsuri at the Naginata-hoko! www.flickr.com/photos/sa…

Sun setting on Nijo castle

southwest turret of Nijo castle illuminated by the setting sun

After 2 years of covid and travel-induced delays, we finally interred my mother-in-law’s ashes at Otani-byo โ˜ธ๏ธ cemetery, where the family grave is, in a ็ด้ชจ (nลkotsu) ceremony . I don’t have photos of the proceedings, but I can share pics of the meal afterwards ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

assortment of Japanese foodnon-alcohol sakeOtsukuri: Sashimi plateclam and asparagushalf ise ebisalted and charcoal broiled ayuscroll of Kannon-sama

44 years old today. Took the kids to see the terracotta warrior exhibition at the Kyoto City Kyocera Art Museum

Two weeks in the city have me thinking about my return after nearly two decades


Look what arrived today! ๐Ÿ“š

Kyoto: An Urban History of Japanโ€™s Premodern Capital by @matthew_stavros

Been on my list for a while, so as soon as I found out we were relocating back to Kyoto I ordered it so I can read and visit some of the locations IRL. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Higashi Hongan-ji and Kyoto Tower

Inside of Kyoto Station

Nice hidden coffee joint โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Kyoto alley cat

black cat in narrow alley at night

The ๆ‰‹ๆฐด่ˆŽ at Bukkล-ji is still running dry due to Covid precautions

(Photo by my 10yo)

a water fountain shaped as a dragon used for purifying hands at a temple. The fountain is not running

On a rainy Sunday morning I got up early to take the cardboard out for the monthly pickup. Half the ็”บๅ†…ไผš (neighborhood association) were there! (I had met some of them when we went round the neighbourhood day before yesterday to make our greetings.)

Arrived in Kyoto on a very wet day, Apr 29 2022


Kyoto is the first place I lived in Japan between 1999-2004. My wife is and my second daughter were born here. When we lived in Nagoya we would often ride the 45 minute Shinkansen to spend time in Kyoto with friends and family. Every year we lived in Canada from 2010-2020 we would return for a few weeks during spring, summer, or winter break. And when we moved to Japan in 2020 for our Iki adventure, we used Kyoto as our base of operations.

Kyoto is my “hometown” in Japan. I have watched it change significantly over the past two decades. I think it is one of the most unique and historically interesting cities in the world, and I never tire of exploring it’s alleyways, temples, and shrines.

Now, after nearly twenty years, we have relocated to Kyoto for the foreseeable future. As I mentioned in my April 2022 newsletter, I am not sure how long we will be here this time, but I want to use this microblog to capture everyday interactions while living life here.

This is a new media experiment for me and will evolve as the months progress and we settle into daily life here. I imagine it to be part journal, part travelogue. Through the photos and comments I post I hope you can gain some insight into this city, and appreciate its special qualities as I do.

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